Heated Power Flow


This class is taught by:

KIRSTEN DEWITT

Kirsten Dewitt

"Whatever you do, do it with all your heart"

Kirsten received her RYT 200 from Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS in 2016. She grew up in Boston and moved to Atlanta in 2015 to be closer to her sister and nephews. When she's not on her mat, Kirsten loves to cook, spend time with family and friends, or curl up on the couch with her puppies, a good book, and a glass of wine.

Follow Kirsten on Instagram @kirstend21

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Yoga Alliance RYT 196670

CHARLOTTE KILBOURN

Charlotte Kilbourn
 

“Be Brave. Be Weird. Be Unequivocally You.”

Charlotte received her RYT 200 through Konalani Yoga Ashram, Hawaii in 2012.

As a self-proclaimed "non-athlete" who shied away from sports and gym class, I was surprised to find myself so drawn to yoga after my first lass. I was eighteen, awkward, and highly uncoordinated, but yoga offered me two valuable gifts --- permission to have a sense of gracefulness, and permission to forgive myself when I momentarily lose that grace; permission to be balanced and to fall. But school, friends, and life got in the way. After a very inconsistent home practice throughout college, I stopped doing yoga altogether during my early twenties. I lost my way, felt directionless. I would have denied it at the time, but I was falling into a deep state of depression. I was still getting up every day, going to work, paying my bills, but without a sense of purpose, I was simply going through the motions. I was surviving instead of living, and I felt incredibly alone.
Then little by little I found my way. I found a studio, rediscovered my practice, and although neither one was close to perfect, they felt like home to me. So after over a year of regular studio practice, I began to research teacher trainings and was drawn to a month-long immersion at an ashram in Hawaii. With the support and encouragement of friends, I took the plunge, got accepted into the training, and headed to Konalni Yoga Ashram in February of 2012. Training was intense, eye-opening, and a definite reality check that teaching would be much more challenging than I had originally thought. It is unsurprising, then, that I struggled so much as a new teacher back in Atlanta.
I put teaching on an indefinite hold and became a deeply committed student. My practice was stronger and more well-rounded than ever, and I also discovered and tapped into the lively and colorful acro yoga scene in town. But something was still missing.
And like clockwork, the invitation to teach at a brand-new, not-yet-open Thunderbolt seemed to fall into my lap. My ego, the small and scared version of myself, wanted to badly to say "No." But my true, curious self said "Just try." All I had to do was try. So I did, and I felt new, green, unsure. Then I remember something a teacher said to me right before I left for training -- "You don't learn to be a teacher during your training, you learn to become a teacher by teaching." So I kept going. And my quiet voice got louder, my nerves got smaller, and I started to actually feel like a teacher. And I never looked back. I gave "Yes" a shot, I said "More please" to new opportunities, to more classes.
Now I am starting a new chapter, opening the door to teaching full-time. I am trying to keep my eyes open, my mind receptive. I am finding and honoring my boundaries. I am looking for balance, on my mat and off. I want to be fully for my studio and my students when I am working, and fully for my loving boyfriend Luke and our two wonderful, sweet dachshunds, Olive and Blinkin, when I am at home. I am striving to improve, to never stop learning, but also to stay immersed in each moment, to be right where I am (even if I mess up!)
I hope to always have the heart and soul of a student. I like to make life more colorful and adventurous, for myself and for those around me. I want to share my gifts with the world and help others do the same.
And I don't know where this journey will take me next, but I am certainly loving the ride...almost as much as I love puppies!!

Follow Charlotte on Instagram
@awkwardyoganinja

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Yoga Alliance RYT 86950

JOANNA WILSON

Joanna Stecker Wilson
 
"Keep searching out what makes you happy"
 
Joanna received her 200 RYT through Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS, 2016. 
 
"The discovery of my love for mindful movement came much later. I had always done what I thought necessary to stay fit but had never developed any deeper connection than that. Even once I began to study and teach Pilates and kettlebell classes, exercise still occupied a place in my life similar to taking vitamins or flossing. Something that I just did to support the other aspects of my life.

Then my husband and I spent four months hiking up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. The stillness of mind that I found in the midst of the day to day grind of backpacking was truly my first authentic experience of meditation. Losing myself in the rhythm of it, absorbing the natural beauty all around me, gave me a taste of a spiritual connection that I craved more and more of.

Once we returned to what most would call normal life, I needed a means of fostering and evolving that connection. And the way that presented itself to me was yoga. The combination of movement, breath and sweat allowed me to let go and be right there, on the mat and in that moment. After a few years of developing my personal practice, I decided to merge a love and a gift. My love of yoga as expression through movement and my gift of being able to help others find joy through their own creative assertions.

Now that I have completed my yoga teacher certification at Thunderbolt, I am confident in my path and sure of my place on it. My creativity continues to flourish and my yoga practice blesses me with a peace that keeps the rest of my crazy life in perspective. My hope is that as I walk this path, I help the yogis who move with me to be strong, connected, happy and creatively expressed."

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Joanna Stecker

Yoga Alliance RYT 199993

LAURA BJORKHOLM

Laura Bjorkholm
 
"Let your heart dance in the realm of pure possibility"

Laura received her 200 RYT from Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS, 2016. 
 
"I am a perpetually curious person, and a student of life. I love learning new things and meeting new people (despite the fact that I am very much an introvert). I tend to be serious and book-ish by nature, and yoga gives me a space where I can set that all aside and just “be”. On my mat, I turn off my mind, and find joy in simply moving.

After sixteen years of practicing yoga, I felt inspired to take TPY Teacher Training to deepen my own practice with no expectation that I might one day teach. As training progressed, I found myself drawn to the possibility of teaching in order to give back some small measure of the gifts my teachers have given me over the years. As a teacher, I hope that I am able to share what I find beautiful about yoga with others.

I am lucky to have the staunch support of my husband, John, our two sons, Johnny and Nate, and our dog, Buddy."

Follow Laura on Spotify: laura.bjorkholm2

YA RYT 196330

 

LYNN PERRY

Lynn Perry 
 
“Thank you so much for being a part of our amazing community of yogis!”
 
I’m a Georgia native who spent most of her life pursuing a corporate career. Growing up in Gwinnett, I imagined my future self as a busy traveling business person so that’s what I became after an undergrad at UGA and a few years later a master’s degree at Georgia Tech (for the record… when it comes to sports… go Dawgs!). My corporate years have been focused on leadership of tech sales and digital marketing teams for cloud software startups and now Sage, a large British software company.

My career and my family defined me until around 2012 when I began to transform my occasional yoga practice into a journey of deep inquiry, asana, community and lots of sweat! I began to study the deeper and centuries old reason for stepping on to our mats and why we hold our poses, why we focus on deep breath in and out. What followed was personal growth fueled by inner tapas that burned away layers of distortion to reveal innate awareness and connection that fully changed my life off the mat.

When Thunderbolt Power Yoga opened in Buckhead and eventually had the first teacher training early 2015 I took the teaching plunge! I never saw myself as a yoga teacher, that seemed like too lofty of a goal for the person I thought I was. But through our close and extended teaching community I opened up and developed a love for the journey of teaching that transformed me for good. My heart is now consistently full with gratitude for our community and the peacefulness that this journey has brought to my life.

When I’m not practicing yoga or working at an office, you can find me out with Winston, my 13 year old terrier mix, or spending time with friends and family around the city I love. Or if I’m lucky I could be boarding a plane, yoga mat in hand, to someplace I’ve never been as world travel is my passion!

Follow Lynn on Instagram
 
@lrperryatl

Spotify: lrperry-US
 
Yoga Alliance RYT 165991

ALEX KOSTYSHEN

Alex Kostyshen
 
"Be Raw"
 
I am a Canadian who moved to Atlanta as a child and had always know the green lawns of our Johns Creek suburbs to be my home. I moved to Buckhead two years ago, and that is where yoga entered my life. At first my only drive was the asana, the practice of improving poses and discovering the many exciting arm balances I could delicately weave into my practice. My cheerleading past sparked, and I was able to reignite the old flame of constantly working to a new move.
Although I had been consistently practicing yoga, my spiritual journey was not even close to starting. Not yet opening my heart, I often tuned out the readings and did not accept the intentions or messages that were being offered. Not until I struggled with emotional turmoil was I even ready to take on a deeper level of practice. One day in class, I heard about teacher training and my mom encouraged me to take on the opportunity, so she would know where I was on the weekends. I went into the training apprehensively and not fully aware of what was lying ahead. During our first week, we explored the emotional levels I did not expect. Eventually, I timidly embraced the spiritual remedies yoga granted and happily discovered that yoga was waiting for me with open arms. Over the training period, I overcame many inner demons and found the true solace in my once ignored readings and intentions.
My mat has now transformed into a physical and emotional outlet for me. Teaching is a true passion of mine, and I look forward to planning out a message for my classes and setting up a jamming playlist usually containing at least one Drake song. In this hour I teach, I feel I can share and express what I discover through my constant spiritual journey.
Yoga is not my only outlet. I also enjoy art which has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I explore multiple mediums, but the two closest to my heart are painting and film photography. I have discovered that self expression can be present in any form, and I am thrilled to embrace new aspects of life with the open heart yoga has given me.
 
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@alexkostyshen
 
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Yoga Alliance RYT

CAITLIN GRIFFEY

Caitlin Griffey
 
"Take all the healing and peaceful energy with you out into the world."

Caitlin Griffey was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where she began dancing at the age of 7 and was accepted into Baltimore School for the Arts as a ballet major. She deferred college for a year to pursue her ballet career and moved to Charleston, SC where she danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theater. The following year she attended the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under scholarship and moved to Bloomington, Indiana. Over the course of 4 years at IU, Caitlin had the privilege of working closely with esteemed dancers and choreographers such as Violette Verdy, John Clifford, Julie Kent, and Suzanne Pilare. After graduation she moved back to Baltimore for a year and danced and taught for the Baltimore Ballet where she broke her foot and experienced her first major injury. She went through a lot of physical therapy and made the decision to put ballet to the side and pursue life as a "normal" human being. She decided to move to Atlanta, GA in 2009 to be closer to her older sister and began taking classes to apply for grad school for physical therapy. As life and work got in the way she hated her desk job for 4 years and the only love she found was through her yoga practice where she began her cerfication at red hot yoga in 2014 and the rest is history. Reflecting back on her dancing days, she realized why it was so much apart of her being, because that was where she truely felt she could escape the troubles of her life and really come alive was through movement. She loved everything about it, the precision to detail, the technique and it was the only place for her where things made sense where she could let go of all the chatter and connect with her being. This kind of moving meditation and the transition into life as a yoga instructor could not have been a more natural and obvious movement of her life. She has been on staff at Thunderbolt Power Yoga since its opening and continues to grow and learn along with her students and is excited to continue on to her 500hr training this year. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her cats.
 
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@Cgriffey
 
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Yoga Alliance RYT 152813

ALANA BUFFINGTON

Alana Buffington
 
"Get Messy In The Process"
 
Alana received her RYT 200 through Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS, 2016. 
 
Alana is an Atlanta native, who found Yoga during her time living in NYC. Having been a ballet dancer since the age of 5 she decided to retire the ballet shoes and found herself falling in love with the freedom that yoga provided. In the spring of 2016, she completed her 200-HR training through the Carly Grace Power Yoga School in Atlanta, GA. In her spare time you can find her snapping pix all around ATL, patio sitting & margarita sipping with her husband & pomeranian Bear and traveling the world with her best friend. Alana promises to get you out of your head and into your flow each and every class!
 
Follow Alana on instagram:
@lookingforlane
 
Spotify: Alana Llewellyn Buffington
 
YA RYT 202969
 
Set to a rocking playlist, our Signature Heated Power Flow allows you to connect breath to rhythm, and beat to body.  Class is a blend of alignment and fluidity, all classes are set to 85-90 degrees, and are open to all levels.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Jul 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with KIRSTEN DEWITT
  • Fri Jul 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am with CHARLOTTE KILBOURN
  • Fri Jul 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with CHARLOTTE KILBOURN
  • Fri Jul 28 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with JOANNA WILSON
  • Sat Jul 29 7:45 am - 8:45 am with LAURA BJORKHOLM
  • Sat Jul 29 9:15 am - 10:15 am with LYNN PERRY
  • Sat Jul 29 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with LAURA BJORKHOLM
  • Sun Jul 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with ALEX KOSTYSHEN
  • Mon Jul 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with CHARLOTTE KILBOURN
  • Mon Jul 31 8:00 am - 9:00 am with CHARLOTTE KILBOURN
  • Mon Jul 31 9:30 am - 10:30 am with LAURA BJORKHOLM
  • Mon Jul 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with CAITLIN GRIFFEY
  • Mon Jul 31 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with JOANNA WILSON
  • Mon Jul 31 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with ALANA BUFFINGTON
  • Tue Aug 01 6:00 am - 7:00 am with LAUREN KOEHL
  • Tue Aug 01 8:00 am - 9:00 am with LAURA BJORKHOLM
  • Tue Aug 01 9:30 am - 10:45 am with ALEX KOSTYSHEN
  • Tue Aug 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with CAITLIN GRIFFEY
  • Tue Aug 01 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with CHARLOTTE KILBOURN
  • Tue Aug 01 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with CAITLIN GRIFFEY